The Marietta City Schools (MCS) Teachers of the Year (TOTY), are educational ambassadors, and act as advocates for the school system, its students, and its teachers. These teachers are exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled.
These are teachers who
Sawyer Road Elementary – Katy Eason
Katy Eason is a fifth teacher at Sawyer Road Elementary. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia. Ms. Eason knew as a very young child she wanted to be a teacher. She believes a teacher must be vested in a student’s life and future not just their education.
A.L. Burruss – Katie Gaudette
Katie Gaudette is a third grade teacher and has been with Marietta City Schools since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and a Master of Arts Degree in Education. Katie is a graduate of Marietta High School and her love of teaching brought her back to Marietta City Schools. She considers her greatest accomplishments those that are made by her students.
Dunleith Elementary – Adrienne Lemoine
Adrienne Lemoine is an ESOL/IEP teacher and graduate of La Salle University. Her love of reading and helping children brought her to teaching. Her teaching philosophy is first, that she provides a safe and secure environment so that students will have a positive learning experience. Second, she wants students to be excited about learning and take charge of their learning.
Hickory Hills Elementary – Sue Veldman
Sue Veldman is a second grade teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University and holds a master’s degree in reading from Texas A & M University. Sue says her greatest accomplishments in education come each day that she gets the opportunity to contribute to the literacy of a young person.
Lockheed Elementary – Benita Miner
Benita Miner is a Kindergarten teacher and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport. Benita has been with Marietta City Schools since 2008. Her love of teaching came from being a volunteer teacher at the children’s ministry of her church. She believes that allowing young children to participate in hands-on learning develops an excitement for school and learning.
Park Street Elementary – Romar Blackmon
Romar Blackmon teaches fifth grade for Marietta City Schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the Southern University A & M College and a master’s degree in educational instruction from Central Michigan University. Mr. Blackmon says his greatest contribution is investing his hard work, time and energy into his classroom. Watching his students evolve and have a higher regard of their abilities based on what they have learned in his class is his greatest personal accomplishment in education.
West Side Elementary – Emily Sundvik
Emily Sundvik is a special education teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from the University of Georgia. As a teacher she understands that all learners have strengths and weaknesses. She believes her job as an educator is never to give up on her students and to enhance their strengths while working on their weaknesses.
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy – Marlene Martin
Marlene Martin teaches language arts and serves as team leader at MSGA, and she has taught Spanish as well since joining Marietta City Schools in 2004. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami. Influenced by her mother’s passion, Marlene strives to impart and inspire perseverance among her students. She encourages her students to achieve academically and to face any obstacle they may encounter with determination.
Marietta Middle School – Mary Northcutt
Mary Northcutt is the eighth grade visual arts teacher and has been with Marietta City Schools since 2006. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from Lander University. She likes to provide her students with as many visual arts mediums as possible. Ms. Northcutt says she especially wants her students to try new things and not be afraid to make mistakes, as they are not always bad.
Marietta High School – Ginger Pratt
Ginger Pratt is the culinary arts teacher and has been with Marietta City Schools since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Culinary Arts Management from the Art Institute of Atlanta, a master’s degree in teaching and learning from Argosy University and currently is working on her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Argosy University. Her passion for preparing food and her love of volunteering led her to teaching. She believes that students should be involved in their community and the community should share in the success of its students.